If you are in Michigan this weekend, make sure you stop by Bay City for the Tall Ship Celebration. This festival only comes around once every three years, so get in line, grab your visitor’s “passport” and step aboard a wide variety of vessels moored on the Saginaw River.
I’ve been to the festival in the past and greatly enjoy it. There’s food, maritime music, an art fair, souvenir stands, storytellers, pirates, face painters, and much more. Visiting their website will give you more details: Tall Ship Celebration.
Of course for me the belle of the ball is Erie, Pennsylvania’s Flagship Niagara, a replica of the 1812 U.S. brig.
This picture was taken in the morning today (you can see the brown awnings that have been rigged amidships and aft to keep the hot sun off the visitors on board). Lines are already long for folks wanting to tour the Niagara as well as the other ships on display.
If you want to read more about the Niagara and her great history, check out my article about her: A Floating Inspiration. She indeed inspires me, and I’m sure she will inspire many more people this weekend in Bay City.